Does Grammar matter? This Grandma thinks so!

Mark Tredinnick ran his Little Red Writing Workshop at the Perth Writer’s Festival over the March long weekend. I got an autographed copy of the book – and his Little Green Writing Workshop companion book I also bought later.

Mark was just the greatest fun. I met him as part of the Festival at the University of WA in Perth and in his class, we had the chance to genuinely interact with Mark as a writer and educator. He gave us ten minutes to write a story – which we then had to read out loud and have it critiqued by himself and others in the class. Daunting? Yes, but fun and very educational if you are an aspiring writer.

His text book is fun, easy to follow and highly recommended for anyone who cares about getting their message clearly understood.  Mark regards writing as speaking, just tidied up a little.  If you have any ideas about writing yourself or you are concerned about how well your children are learning to express themselves, this book is a must.

If you are home schooling your children – this book is essential!

The Little Red Writing Book

I found this “misquote” on the web today, in a response to a newspaper article about California’s pension funds imploding:  Quote: “it’s the same down here in OZ. We have Centerlink (sic) here and their system cannot cope with the sudden surge of aids request (sic).”

I am not sure that you can collect AIDS from your local Social Security office – but I am sure that grammar matters

“The Little Red Writing Book” is a book on technique, style, craft and manners for everyone who writes and wants to do it better. It is a manual of good diction, composition, sentence craft, paragraph design, structure and planning.

Enriched by examples of fine prose from great writers including Tim Winton; flush with exercises informed by the author’s expertise in both creative writing and functional prose; and written with flair,  The Little Red Writing Book is a lively and readable guide to lively and readable writing.  It is highly recommended for teachers, students, parents and all writers.

About Lesley Dewar

Passionate about story telling and getting kids involved with adventures to improve their self esteem and self-confidence Blogger, Author, Networker, Social Media, Activist.
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2 Responses to Does Grammar matter? This Grandma thinks so!

  1. Bill Nigh says:

    Grammar certainly matters. As one who has at times made a living from writing, I recognize how every word is important, and style and elegance in communication can be seen as part of the aesthetic of living.

    What I would also hasten to add however is that communication is the main point in most writing, so when dealing with someone whose grammar and spelling are lacking, I now look past those flaws (which jump out at me most times), and seek to discern what their message is.

    The selfish part of me does not mind all the flawed communicators out there, as the less competition, the better, truth be said.

  2. Lesley Dewar says:

    You make two good points, Bill. We have to learn to look past the poor grammar of others and try to discern their message. The other is that the poor communication skills of others will always enhance the business opportunites for those who do it well.

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